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Are purchasing recommendations allowable?

Here's an example:

Joe wants a new Android 3 tablet. He asks a question that says:

I'm in the market for a new Android 3 tablet. I want one with a 1GHz processor, a Gorilla Glass screen, a camera on the front, and it should have internal GPS.

How would you respond to Joe? Why?

I see this answer says 'No!', but I still see questions like this that have not been downvoted nor closed by a moderator.

More specifically, what types of purchasing recommendations are allowable? E.G. 'I want an X with Y, where would I find one?' or 'I want a cheap X, recommend me something' or 'I think X is a nice phone, but are there any cheap alternatives?'

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    If you're seeing questions like this, please flag them. Moderators can't be everywhere. – ale May 23 '11 at 11:08
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    And if you want to ask a question like this, try the chatroom! – Matthew Read May 23 '11 at 16:37
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Covered here

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/qa-is-hard-lets-go-shopping/

but the TL;DR version is:

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he can eat forever.

That is, teach people how to evaluate android hardware -- don't spoon feed them specific recommendations that will be obsolete in 12 months.

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    I think the more accurate quote is "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit on a boat and drink beer all day." – JavaAndCSharp May 23 '11 at 18:21

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